Is Barack Obama the most misunderstood president in American history? Political science professor Michael Haas thinks so.
In his new book, The Aloha Zen President: How a Son of the 50th State May Revitalize America Based on 12 Multicultural Principles, Haas argues 12 multicultural principles uniquely developed in Hawai‘i are the source of President Obama’s charismatic personality and centrist political philosophy.
On March 8, 2011, Haas visited the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and spoke with students, faculty, staff and community members about his new book. Joined by UCLA visiting professor Michael Dukakis, who wrote the book’s forward, the pair took questions from the audience and expanded on the idea that to understand President Obama you must first understand Hawai‘i.